Lorraine Haining is a specialist nurse practitioner at NHS Dumfries and Galloway and was last week was crowned winner of the RCNi ‘Nursing Older People’ prize.
She was shortlisted from over 700 entries and chosen by the judges for leading the IDEAS Team (Interventions for Dementia: Education, Assessment and Support). The team help carers identify stress and distress in dementia sufferers, take steps to reduce distressed behaviour, and put in place non-pharmacological interventions. It started as a project in care homes and the initial success has led to its extension into general hospitals, with Lorraine at the helm of a team of speech and language therapists, psychologists and social workers.
Delighted at the award, she said: “I’m ecstatic to have won an RCNi Nurse Award, I can’t tell you how important this award is and I’m receiving it for a job I love. My team entered me and it was completely unexpected, I was delighted to hear I’d even been shortlisted. I have a fantastic team and I’m standing here with this award thanks to them.”
Congratulating her, Rachel Armitage, from RCNi, said: “We are overjoyed to honour Lorraine for her hard work supporting those caring for dementia sufferers. She is a magnificent example of a nurse who has gone above and beyond in her specialism and we hope that she inspires many to consider a rewarding career in the nursing profession.”
The annual awards are the UK’s most prestigious nursing accolades, recognising nurses who, every day, go above and beyond to save lives, provide outstanding care for patients and transform nursing for the better. This year’s ceremony took place at The Park Plaza in London and was hosted by RCNi Nurse Awards ambassador and TV presenter, Kate Garraway. She said: “At a time when nurses are working harder than ever, it was an honour to present the RCNi Nurse Awards and give nurses like Lorraine the recognition they deserve.”